The 2017 Hyundai Equus sedan was caught during testing on the snowy roads of Scandinavia. The production model is expected to go on sale by the end of 2016. First introduced in 1999, the Equus is a fully luxury car. It is also known as Hyundai Centennial in some Middle Eastern countries. It is a flagship model all around the world, and it is competing with A-class brands such as BMW 7 Series, Mercedes S-Class, Audi A8, Lexus LS and so on. If you have quite a deep pocket and you want a car which is not just comfortable, but also very subtle, this sedan might just be the car you are looking for.
According to Hyundai, this new model is going to be a different kind of beast than the older models. Most people thought that the sedan will only get an insignificant facelift, but it looks like the automaker is trying to get the 2017 Hyundai Equus in the top shape, and according to them, they have managed to mitigate the fuel consumption problem as well as a few other small problems that the previous model had.
Exterior and Interior Design
The exterior, as well as the interior, is going to get quite a big makeover. Audi-like grille will decorate the front of the new 2017 Hyundai Equus and it will spread from the top of the hood to the lower bumper, which makes it a really good looking car. The profile is going to remain the same, while the back gets a new look with a pair of classy slim taillights. These spy shots show the mostly camouflaged sedan, but you can still notice its shape and some minor details.
The inside of the car is expected to be just as subtle as the outside appearance. The level of equipment should be significantly better than the most of the other cars in this price range, offering the heads-up-display and ventilated seats, both in the front and back. The automaker will provide the cabin with aluminum and steel accents, as well as high quality leather. All of this will make the Hyundai Equus 2017 a really unique offer.
Engine, Specs, Performance
The 5.0-liter V-8 Tau engine is expected to be inherited from the previous model. An 8-speed automatic, which is really smooth and fast in changing gears, will transfer the power to the rear axle. It can also be paired with a newly optional HTRAC AWD system. The 429 horses under the hood are downright enough and thanks to that amazing gearbox, it will take less than 6 seconds for the 2017 Hyundai Equus to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour. The only setback here is the 18 mpg average fuel consumption. It is expected to be improved with a new engine. This will most likely be a turbocharged 3.3L V-6, which would without a problem pump out just as much power or even more than the present V-8, and still it will use considerably less fuel. However, this engine might come later on, giving the people from Hyundai enough time for the development of the transmission that would make the twin-turbo engine feel as smooth as the V-8.
2017 Hyundai Equus Release Date
The release date of the upcoming model is unknown for now, but we can assume that it will come on the market most likely by the end of the year 2016. Some sources suggest that the concept model might be presented at the 2015 New York Auto Show this April. Expected price of the 2017 Hyundai Equus is close to $65,000 and even if it seems like a lot of money, have in mind that it is actually a fair price, considering that this car competes with luxury cars such as the BMW 7 series.
Additional spy shots of the sedan can be seen below.